Twitter will begin to comply with the requests of the Indian authorities

Twitter will begin to comply with the requests of the Indian authorities

The company has appointed on Sunday the first official foreseen by the new It rules that came into force in May in the country of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

(photo: via Unsplash) Twitter has started to comply with the requests of the Indian government and has appointed a complaints officer resident in the country. A few days ago the American social platform - used in India by at least 100 million people - had lost the protection from liability on content generated by local users, for not respecting the new local IT rules.

Sunday, Twitter has named Vinay Prakash as its new complaints clerk and has shared a way to contact him as required by Indian law filed in February and taking effect in late May. Twitter also released a compliance report, another requirement listed in the new rules.

Earlier this week, the Indian government told a New Delhi court that Twitter had lost immunity to content products by users, seeing that he had failed to appoint compliance officers, complaints a so-called nodal contact with law enforcement. Other big tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Telegram had already named the officials required by India.

Technology platforms are not usually held accountable for the things their users post or share online. Companies may be asked to remove a post but are unlikely to be held legally responsible for the content.

Without protection, Twitter in India is now on paper responsible for everything users write on its platform that they don't like to the authorities. Indian police have already filed at least five cases against the company or its officials in the country over a variety of issues.

The new development could, however, ease the poor relations between Twitter and the Indian government in recent months. In February, the company clashed with the ministry of technology which had ordered the removal of some critical accounts with the authorities during the large mass farmers protests.

A Delhi police team in late May made a surprise visit to two of Twitter's offices in what many perceived as an attempt at intimidation. Twitter said at the time that it was "concerned about recent events affecting our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve" and had asked the Indian government for another three months to comply with the new rules.

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